4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 31, 2012 12:47 PM by varjak paw
ovelky Level 1 Level 1
expertise.macosx
Mac OS X

I have an eight year old 500GB external drive that no longer mounts on the host computer desktop. Putting my ear to the enclosure, I hear the rhythmic click, click sound that tells me it is not functioning. I was using this drive as a Time Machine backup on my second (seldom used) Mac. My question is, since I was using it as a Time Machine backup, it therefore contains financial and other personal data that I need to "wipe" before I trash it, but how can I do that when the drive won't mount? Should I just drill some holes through it, or give it a good smash with a sledge hammer? I would appreciate any ideas. Thanks

Solved by varjak paw on Aug 29, 2012 9:50 AM Solved

If you can't get it to mount, you can't do a software scrub, so you'll have to physically destroy the drive. Either drilling holes in the drive or smashing it with a hammer, assuming you break the drive platters, will be fine. Do whichever gives you the most personal satisfaction.

 

Regards.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    If you can't get it to mount, you can't do a software scrub, so you'll have to physically destroy the drive. Either drilling holes in the drive or smashing it with a hammer, assuming you break the drive platters, will be fine. Do whichever gives you the most personal satisfaction.

     

    Regards.

  • ovelky Level 1 Level 1
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    Thanks, varjack paw . . . I figured that would be the best option.

  • dalstott Level 4 Level 4

    You could also put it in a strong magnetic field to scramble all the x and os.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    That one can erase a modern sealed hard drive with a magnet is basically an urban legend. Very, very few people have access to a magentic field strong enough to erase data on a sealed hard drive. A company that sells magnets tested this legend with a pair of 13,200 Gauss neodymium magnets directly on the drive and they had no effect on the data whatsoever.

     

    Regards.